Block H.R. 1981: Protect our privacy and lives
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Block H.R. 1981: Protect our privacy and lives

    1. Christopher Proffitt
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Proffitt

      Hillsboro, OH

Last Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives’ judiciary committee passed a bill that makes the online activity of every American available to police and attorneys upon request under the guise of protecting children from pornography.

The Republican-majority sponsored bill is called the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.

It has nothing to do with pornography, and was opposed by over 30 civil liberties and consumer advocacy organizations, as well as one brave indie ISP that is urging its customers to do everything they can to protest the invasion of privacy.

“Protecting Children” forces ISPs to retain customer names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and dynamic IP addresses.

It’s like having your wallet plus the web sites you visit tracked and handed over on request. These logs are now going to be retained for the scope of one and a half years.

(I have to wonder if ISPs can sell this data, too.)

This has nothing to do with porn. In case you’re like the Reps that passed this nightmare and you’ve forgotten: pornography is legal in the United States.

It is pedophilia that is illegal. But for the sake of harnessing hysteria to get a bill passed, clearly these particular Republicans find it convenient to conflate “pornographers” as pedophiles. Last time I checked in on the matter, pedophiles did not operate within the laws surrounding adult pornography. -Violet Blue via ZDnet.com

The government has already shown that it is irresponsible and abusive with the powers already granted with such things as the Patriot Act. Now it wants 18 months of range to expand its abuse.

There are people, even now, being imprisoned for 10+ years or forced to plea for over a year for child pornography without ever seeing the evidence against them, evidence that would 'change' for the worse during the course of the trial the longer that the defendant held out on that plea. That plea including signing away their rights to sue in the case the findings were found to be non-existent or of a dubious nature.

Computer records and such are notoriously easy to doctor and alter in any case. This is an open door to allowing anyone with minimal powers to have 18 months of such to do with as they please.

We need to put a stop to government invasion of privacy and their contracting ISPs to do their snooping for them.

Please sign this petition and strongly urge your Representatives to start reviewing their right to invade our privacy and online business.

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      Christopher Proffitt
      Petition Organizer

      We need so many more. Please, those of you that see how important blocking H.R. 1981 is, share this petition on Facebook, Tweet it, or email to your friends. We need to consolidate our efforts. Thank you for your interest.

      Christopher

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    Reasons for signing

    • Beverly Goodwin DENVER, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      I thought as per the Declaration of Independence that I am entitled to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

      WRONG.

      We as a supposedly free nation is faced with Fascism and Tyranny from the idiots in the U.S. House of Representatives who has something major items that needs attending to but decides to waste tax payer dollars with this so-called B.S. Protecting Children from Internet Pornography Act.

      During the past election the Republican party promised to fix the economy and create jobs and so far nothing that was promised by the Republican Party has materialized.

      This bill is the equivalent of allowing TSA to molest our children and destroy our G'd given rights established by the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

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    • Warren Oliver AUBURN, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      This bill infringes on the privace of every American who uses the Internet and I WILL NOT back legislation that deprives me and my family of privacy.

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    • Ruben Paachaa CHA HILL, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      Protections for children should be available via an opt-in service requested by parents. However, limiting the anonymous freedom provided by the internet is no way to "protect children." I strongly oppose this bill and any other attempts at limiting the anonymous nature of the internet, such as tracking internet activity.

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    • Dylan Grafmyre KAMIAH, ID
      • about 3 years ago

      Cuase ANY Internet Regulation Is WRONG, Its A Protocol For Gods Sake! GTFO.

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    • Nick Sellers CYPRESS, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      OUR GOVERNMENT IS FULL OF CORRUPT PEOPLE. THIS NON-SENSE NEEDS TO END. H.R.1981 IS NOT GOING TO PROTECT ANY CHILDREN FROM PORNOGRAPHY, HOW WOULD THEY KNOW WHO IS BEHIND THE COMPUTER SCREEN, WHETHER IT BE MAN OR CHILD? THIS IS JUST ANOTHER "BIG BROTHER" PRIVACY BREECH. I'M VOTING FOR RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT IN 2012! WE NEED A SMALLER GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR IT'S LEGAL CITIZENS IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS!

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